At MyMuCo, we always are looking for great content to be posted on our blog. We are always new ideas and are always excited to share interesting insights by experts in various fields related to music and music education.
In this guest blog, music teacher and RCM examiner Wilson Man joins us to share his insights on the importance of having parents be involved in the music education process.
“Importance of Parental Participation at Your Child’s Music Lessons”
After teaching for over two decades, I have a food for thoughts in regard to how to enhance your child’s progress in his/ her music lessons.
1) Set a daily practice schedule right from the beginning, just like them brushing their teeth daily.
2) Try to show some interest in your child’s progress. When they tell you problems about their pieces, if you cannot help them, mention that to their teacher.
3) If you could, consider sitting with your child during their practice whenever possible.
Most students only play, but they do not practice.
4) Help your child to set a goal each time they practice, no matter how small the task is. Or ask them what has improved on their pieces after each practice.
5) During their practice, try to start and end with a piece or pieces they enjoy playing as long as it does not take up most of the practice session.
6) One may consider some rewards as an incentive for your child to practice but not too regularly. You may also need to consider a mild discipline consequence if their progress is under expectation due to lack of practice (such as no TV or video game or internet access).
7) If their music lessons is gearing towards RCM exams or mainly classical music, try to play those genre of music more frequently at home or in the car so they don’t feel that genre of music is completely foreign to them as they get into it.
8) Encourage them to find other genres of music at their levels (pop, jazz, Disney….) to learn for their own enjoyment.
9) Try to participate in recitals and music festivals as another possible long term goal besides exams.
10) Avoid taking the entire summer off from their lessons especially at the first few years since they tend to forget a lot. Then you end up spending the first month or two in September just to catch up. Sometimes due to a change in practice routine and rhythm, they will simply lose interest in music lessons altogether.
11) We would like them to enjoy their music but do realize it does take discipline and hard work to attain a skill. We all enjoy the product but not the process to get there as much for most things.
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